President Hafez al-Assad at Eid prayers in 1984.

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He is surrounded by the Grand Mufti Ahmad Kaftaro and Awqaf Minister Mohammad al-Khatib, followed by Vice-President Zuhair Masharka and Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Kassem. Standing next to the Mufti are Speaker of Parliament Mahmud al-Zoubi and Abdullah al-Ahmar, Assistant Secretary-General of the Baath Party.